ISSUED: APRIL 2018

ISSUED: APRIL 2018

1 Championship/Competition Rules & Regulations 50-70 ISSUED: APRIL 2018

2 PLEASE NOTE: National Championships Details of competitors in the Women’s National Championships must be submitted by the County Association to Bowls England not later than the Monday of Week 30. Details of competitors in the Men’s National Championships must be submitted by the County Association to Bowls England not later than the Monday of Week 31. The first Monday of the Bowls England National Championships will be in Week 32 of each year. National Competitions For details on individual National Competition submission dates, please refer to appropriate regulation.

GLOSSARY: Challenger In Bowls England National Competitions, the Challenger is shown on the published draw by an arrow and identified on the draw card circulated to the named contact of both teams/sides. The duties of the Challenger in National Championships and National Competitions are included within the Bowls England Regulations. Draw for Rinks The draw for rink/s to be played on will be made in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport (Law 3.1). It is Bowls England’s recommendation that for a match requiring one rink then a minimum of two rinks be offered to the opponent, for a match requiring more than one rink the minimum number of rinks offered should be at least equal to the number of rinks required.

3 INDEX Regulation No. Title Page No. 50 Bowls England National Championships 4 51 Bowls England National Championships – Final Stages 7 52 Bowls England National Competitions 9 53 Johns Trophy – Inter‐County Competition (Women) 12 54 Walker Cup – Inter‐County Top Two Fours Competition (Women) 14 55 Amy‐Rose Bowl – Inter‐County 31 & Under Double Rink (Women) 15 56 National Senior Singles and Pairs Competition (Women) 16 57 National Top Club Competition (Women) 17 58 National Family Pairs Competition 19 59 National Champion of Champions Singles Competition (Women) 20 60 Middleton Cup – Inter‐County Competition (Men) 21 61 National Club Two Fours Competition (Men) 23 62 National Top Club Competition (Men) 24 63 National Senior Singles and Pairs Competition (Men) 25 64 National Champion of Champions Singles Competition (Men) 26 65 Balcomb Trophy – Inter‐County Top Two Fours Competition (Men) 27 66 White Rose – Inter‐County Junior Two Fours Competition (Men) 28 67 National Mixed Pairs Competition 29 68 69 Appendix National Mixed Fours Competition Tony Allcock Trophy Competition – Mixed Over 60’s Double Rink Title 30 31 Page No.

Dress Code – Men Dress Code – Women Code of Conduct Slow Play Bowls Umpires Smoking & Anti‐Doping Safeguarding of Junior Bowlers & Adults at Risk Players with Disabilities Inclement Weather International Code of Conduct 32 34 36 37 38 38 38 38 39 40 41

4 Bowls England Regulation: No. 50 Approved April 2018 1. Bowls England National Championships 1.1 County Championships leading to National Championships shall be administered by the County Association under the Rules and Regulations of Bowls England and in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls. 1.2 All County Championships leading to National Championships shall be played either on weekdays in the evenings with a start time no earlier than 6pm or at weekends. For weekday games an earlier start may be arranged by mutual agreement between competitors, but in the absence of mutual agreement the start time of no earlier than 6pm will be adhered to.

1.3 Should a player, who has been expelled, or suspended from a Club, be drawn to play at that Club in any Championship game, other than a side game, run under the auspices of or on behalf of Bowls England, the Club must either allow the player access to the changing room and green in order to play the game or alternatively advise the challenger(s) to make arrangements for the game to be played on a neutral green of a Club affiliated to Bowls England. Under no circumstances will the opponent(s) be expected to concede the game. Should the expelled or suspended player be a member of a 'side team' the Club fielding the player must ask the Club from whom he/she was banned for permission for that player to access the Club.

If permission is refused the player must be withdrawn from the side. In all other cases the Club may refuse access.

1.4 The National Championships shall comprise:  Singles  Two Wood Singles  Pairs  Triples  Fours  Junior Singles  Junior Pairs  Senior Fours All others are National Competitions. 1.5 Players selected for approved International duties, together with Officers and Officials on duty with the England teams, must be allowed to play in all stages of County Championships leading to National Championships should dates clash. 1.6 Should a club cease to exist after the entry date, the members may be permitted, for one season only, to compete under the name of that club irrespective of which club or clubs they have joined.

1.7 All Competitors in National Championships must have paid affiliation fees, through their Club, for the current year.

1.8 The Administrator of each County Association shall forward to the Chief Executive of Bowls England, the number of entrants in each of the Championships, together with the relevant entrance fees as determined by Bowls England, by the Monday of Week 5. 1.9 Each entry shall be made by one named player only, and that player shall be excluded from being a substitute in the same discipline. Should the named entrant in a County Championship event be unable to participate from the outset in the Championship due to exceptional circumstances, the team may request the use of an additional player if required (in addition to the original players that formed the team in the first match).

Such a request must be made in writing to Bowls England via the County Association for consideration. 1.10 A competitor shall not enter any Bowls England Championship under an assumed name, nor shall they represent or allow their name to be submitted by more than one Club or County, in any one year. All players

5 in team games must be affiliated members of the same club and they may only represent that club in all championship events. 1.11 Any entry in a National Championship will be declared invalid if the competitor enters in another United Kingdom country’s Championship in the same year. 1.12 There is nothing in the Laws of the Sport or in the rules of the National Championships, as at present constituted, which stipulates that matches may not be played on a surface other than grass. However, the Challenger must inform their opponent if there is a likelihood of play on a surface other than grass.

It is, however, a condition that National Championships are played outdoors and that the green has been approved by the relevant County Association.

1.13 The draw for rink/s to be played on will be made in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport. 1.14 Suitable flood lighting may be used during these matches. 1.15 Fixed groundsheets are acceptable for National Championships however portable/moveable groundsheets are prohibited. 1.16 If a player/team fails to appear and be ready to play within 30 minutes after the agreed start time for the tie, the opponent/team may claim a ‘walk over’. 1.17 The winners of the following events will be entered by Bowls England to represent England in their respective British Isles Championship in the following season and must adhere to the Bowls England Code of Conduct for International Players (Appendix K) including the requirements with regard to travel and accommodation:  National Singles Championship  National Pairs Championship  National Triples Championship  National Fours Championship  National Senior Fours Championship  National Junior Singles Championship  National Junior Pairs Championship (Women Only) 2.

Championship Format 2.1 Singles Each game shall consist of 21 shots – four bowls each player. 2.2 Pairs (Two players from the same club) Each game shall consist of 21 ends – four bowls each player. The Leads to play their four bowls before the skips. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached.

2.3 Triples (Three players from the same club) Each game shall consist of 18 ends – three bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. 2.4 Fours (Four players from the same club) Each game shall consist of 21 ends – two bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. 2.5 Two‐Wood Singles Each game shall consist of 21 ends – two bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached.

2.6 Junior Singles

6 Each game shall consist of 21 shots – four bowls each player. The Championships shall be open to all Members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls England who have not attained their 25th birthday on the 1st April in the year of the Championship. 2.7 Junior Pairs (Players from the same County) Each game shall consist of 18 ends – four bowls each player. The Leads to play their four bowls before the skips. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. The Championships shall be open to all Members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls England who have not attained their 25th birthday on the 1st April in the year of the Championship.

The two players may belong to different clubs within the same county, so long as both clubs are affiliated to Bowls England.

2.8 Senior Fours (Four players from the same club) Each game shall consist of 21 ends – two bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. The Championships shall be open to all Members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls England who have attained their 55th birthday by the 1st April in the year of the Championship. 3. Qualifiers for National Championships 3.1 Every County Association will be entitled to two representatives in each discipline at the National Championships, who shall be the County Finalists, with the following exceptions:  Junior Singles ‐ The six counties with the lowest number of entries will only have one representative.

Junior Pairs – Winning Pair only from County  Senior Fours – Winning Four only from County  Singles, Two Wood Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours – All counties with 5% or more of the total number of entries in that Championship from the previous year will be entitled to three representatives. 3.2 The names, addresses, contact details and clubs for all of the players entitled to compete in the National Championships will be forwarded to the Chief Executive of Bowls England by the Monday of Week 30 (Women) and the Monday of Week 31 (Men).

4. Substitution 4.1 In Pairs, Triples and Fours, the players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and shall normally play together throughout the Championship. 4.2 One additional, and the same player, may be used as a substitute at any time provided they have not already played in the same Championship. They may play in any position. 4.3 The named entrant conceding a walkover before their first game in any Championship cannot act as a substitute in the same Championship, as this is considered a game played and lost. 4.4 The named entrant of a team cannot be a member or substitute from any other team in the same Championship.

4.5 If a substitute is required during a game then the rules in the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls apply. 5. Dress 5.1 Please refer to Appendix A (Dress Code – Men) or Appendix B (Dress Code – Women) as relevant.

7 Bowls England Regulation: No. 51 Approved April 2018 1. National Championships – Final Stages 1.1 The name, address, phone number, e‐mail address and club of each player qualifying to compete in the final stages shall be forwarded to the Chief Executive of Bowls England by the Monday of Week 30 for Women, and Monday of Week 31 for Men. 1.2 The first Monday of the Women’s National Championships will be in Week 32 of each year.

The first Monday of the Men’s National Championships will be in Week 34 of each year 1.3 In order to avoid a duplication at the National Championships through competitors qualifying in more than one National Championship event, the designated County Official must allocate A or B (+C) representatives accordingly.

1.4 The Championships shall be played under the current Laws of the Sport and in accordance with the regulations currently laid down by Bowls England. Competitors must adhere to the Code of Conduct (Appendix D) and also posted on the Bowls England website. This shall be under the management and control of the Tournament Committee who shall determine all questions and disputes that may arise and that do not come within the scope of the Umpire’s duties, as hereinafter defined. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to alter starting times and rinks if it is considered necessary or desirable.

1.5 A travel subsidy may be paid to players qualifying for the National Championships in the final stages at such a rate as the Bowls England Board may from time to time determine. 1.6 At the final stages of all National Championships all bowls must bear a stamp in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls. 2. Badge Presentation and Player Registration 2.1 All players must assemble in playing kit near the Badge Presentation Area (A Green) 30 minutes before the start of their first match in any National Championship event to be presented with their National Championship qualifier badge and/or year bar as appropriate.

2.2 Every player must complete a Player Profile Form. If players are in more than one event, only one player profile form is required to be completed and this must be handed in for the first event. No profile form, no badge. 2.3 Having received a badge for their first event, players receive a year bar for every other event they have qualified in. 2.4 Skips/singles players must collect their scorecards and stickers from the Tournament Office before each round. 2.5 After the end of each match the winning skip/singles player must take both signed scorecards to the Tournament Office immediately.

Failure to do so may lead to disqualification. 2.6 Competitors not on the green ready to play within 15 minutes of the times stated on the draw sheets will be subject to disqualification.

3. Substitution 3.1 All substitutes must be registered with the Tournament Office. 4. Slow Play

8 4.1 Please refer to Bowls England Slow Play Guidance (Appendix E) and also posted on the Bowls England website. 5. Parental Consent 5.1 Parental consent forms (where applicable) must be completed and submitted. 6. Conclusion of Matches 6.1 Matches must be conceded where it is not possible for the losing team/individual to win to assist with the National Championship Finals schedule. 7. Green Fit for Play 7.1 The Greenkeeper and/or Tournament Director shall be the adjudicators as to whether or not the green is fit for play and shall have the power to postpone play at any point.

Should play be postponed the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls will apply.

8. Trophy Presentation 8.1 At the conclusion of all Finals, a presentation will take place on the green. If the award of prize money or gifts is applicable then at least one member from each of the losing Semi‐Finalists must attend in playing shirts and whites, otherwise their prize money will be withheld and donated to the English Bowling Associations Charity Trust. The exception to this rule is for any event that holds the Semi‐Finals and Final on separate days. The Winners of the Singles (Four‐Wood), Junior Singles, Junior Pairs (Women Only), Pairs, Triples, Fours and Senior Fours will represent England in the British Isles Championships the following year.

8.2 The Winners will be presented with the trophy, medal/s and fleece/s at the Annual Dinner. The Runners‐Up and Semi‐Finalists will also receive medals at the Annual Dinner.

9. Dress 9.1 Please refer to Appendix A (Dress Code – Men) or Appendix B (Dress Code – Women) as relevant.

9 Bowls England Regulation: No. 52 Approved April 2018 1. Bowls England National Competitions 1.1 The National Competitions shall be played under the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls and in accordance with the Regulations currently laid down by Bowls England. All competitors shall adhere to Appendix D (Code of Conduct), also posted on Bowls England website. 1.2 All National Competitions shall be controlled by the Competitions Committee. An Emergency Committee shall consist of any three members of the Competitions Committee and/or Competitions Assistants.

The decision of either Committee in each and every circumstance shall be final and binding. 1.3 Should a player, who has been expelled, or suspended from a Club, be drawn to play at that Club in any National Competition game, other than a side game, run under the auspices of or on behalf of Bowls England, the Club must either allow the player access to the changing room and green in order to play the game or alternatively advise the challenger(s) to make arrangements for the game to be played on a neutral green of a Club affiliated to Bowls England. Under no circumstances will the opponent(s) be expected to concede the game.

Should the expelled, or suspended player be a member of a 'side team' the Club fielding the player must ask the Club from whom he/she was banned for permission for that player to access the Club. If permission is refused the player must be withdrawn from the side. In all other cases the Club may refuse access.

1.4 National Competitions consist of the following;  Johns Trophy – Inter‐County Competition (Women)  Walker Cup – Inter‐County Top Two Fours Competition (Women)  Amy‐Rose Bowl – Inter‐County 31 & Under Double Rink (Women)  National Senior Singles and Pairs Competition (Women)  National Top Club Competition (Women)  National Family Pairs Competition  National Champion of Champions Singles Competition (Women)  Middleton Cup – Inter‐County Competition (Men)  National Club Two Fours Competition (Men)  National Top Club Competition (Men)  National Senior Singles and Pairs Competition (Men)  National Champion of Champions Singles Competition (Men)  Balcomb Trophy – Inter‐County Top Two Fours Competition (Men)  White Rose – Inter‐County Junior Two Fours Competition (Men)  National Mixed Pairs Competition  National Mixed Fours Competition  Tony Allcock Trophy Competition – Mixed Over 60’s Double Rink In any year a competitor selected to play in Inter‐County Competitions (as listed above) may only represent the county from which they have entered National Championships.

All others events not listed in 1.4 above are National Championships. 1.5 Should a club cease to exist after the entry date, the members may be permitted, for one season only, to compete under the name of that club irrespective of which club or clubs they have joined. 1.6 Should a club cease to exist prior to the entry date, the Singles Champion shall be eligible for one season only to enter the Champion of Champions under the name of their previous club. 1.7 All Competitors in National Competitions must have paid affiliation fees, through their Club, for the current year.

10 1.8 The Administrator of each County Association shall forward to the Chief Executive of Bowls England, the entries in each of the Walker Cup, Johns Trophy, Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy and White Rose together with the relevant entrance fees as determined by Bowls England, by the Monday of Week 5.

Entries for the Amy Rose Bowl must be received by the Monday of Week 14. The remaining competitions are directly administered by Bowls England. 1.9 Competitors shall not enter any Bowls England Competition under an assumed name. 1.10 There is nothing in the Laws of the Sport or in the rules of the National Competitions, as at present constituted, which stipulates that matches may not be played on a surface other than grass. However, the Challenger must inform their opponent if there is a likelihood of play on a surface other than grass. It is, however, a condition that National Competitions are played outdoors and that the green has been approved by the relevant County Association.

1.11 Suitable flood lighting may be used during these matches. 1.12 The format of Rules for the individual National Competitions will be found under the Regulations applicable to each National Competition. 1.13 The draw and completion dates for all National Competitions will be made by Bowls England. Each County will decide if the National Competition area will be played on a County, Regional or Open basis as deemed applicable. Matches will be played on a green approved by the County Association and chosen by the Challenger. Where the mileage exceeds 160 miles round trip (measured club to club for club‐based events and County Centre to host venue for county‐based events) matches will be played on a neutral green midway between the two clubs/counties unless mutually agreed.

All inter‐area rounds will be played on a neutral green and must be agreed by the two clubs involved. If green fees are payable at the neutral venue they will be shared by both participants/teams/sides.

1.14 The Challenger will be responsible for all match arrangements and the payment of rink fees if appropriate. 1.15 The draw for rink/s to be played on will be made in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport. 1.16 The Challenger must offer their opponent within 48 hours of the closing date of the previous round at least three dates for play, one of which must be a Saturday or Sunday. The offering of two different start times on a single date does not count as two dates. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for any dates offered to be eligible. The time for commencing a match shall be mutually agreed but no player/team/side shall be compelled to accept a time earlier than 6.00pm Monday to Friday or 9.30am on a Saturday or Sunday, nor later than 6.30pm on any day.

However, when a draw and result card is issued in advance of the start of the Competition, the Challenger does not need to offer dates until 21 days before the closing date of that round, after which the aforesaid conditions will apply. The Opponent or Opposing teams/sides shall, within 24 hours of receipt of the challenge, reply and accept one of the dates offered. If the time scales for arranging any match are not met, the defaulting party would forfeit the match.

1.17 If a challenge has not been made within the specified period, the opponent shall become the Challenger and make all match arrangements including the offering of dates and choice of venue. 1.18 No extension of the closing date for any round will be granted for any reason whatsoever. 1.19 If a player/team/side fails to appear and be ready to play within 30 minutes after the agreed time for the tie, the opponent may claim a ‘walk over’. 1.20 In the event of no decision being reached IN ANY ROUND owing to exceptional weather conditions, and where this makes it impossible to re‐arrange a fixture before the completion date, the aggregate score, in uncompleted matches in which five ends or more have been played, will stand as the result unless otherwise specified.

If the score is a tie then the result will be decided by the toss of a coin. Matches not started and matches in which less than five ends have been completed will be decided by the toss of a coin, or by mutual agreement. This Regulation does not apply to Johns Trophy/Middleton Cup/Walker Cup/Balcomb Trophy/Amy Rose Bowl/White Rose Trophy – see Appendix J for these events.

11 1.21 Fixed groundsheets are acceptable for National Competitions; however portable/moveable groundsheets are prohibited. 1.22 The result will be submitted by the winning player or team/side to Bowls England immediately using one of the approved notification methods. 1.23 Regional Finals, where required, will be played at venues selected by Bowls England. Players will be informed of the venues and details by Bowls England. 2. Substitution 2.1 The named entrant conceding a walk‐over before their first match in any National Competition cannot act as a substitute in the same competition, as this is considered a match played and lost.

2.2 The named entrant of a team cannot be a member or substitute of any other team in the same National Competition.

2.3 If a substitute is required during a match then the rules in the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls apply. 2.4 See individual National Competition Regulation for substitution rules. 3. Dress 3.1 Please refer to Appendix A (Dress Code – Men) or Appendix B (Dress Code – Women) as relevant.

12 Bowls England Regulation: No. 53 Approved April 2018 Johns Trophy – Inter‐County Competition (Women) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. This competition shall be open to all County Associations who are Members of Bowls England.

2. All Counties will be assumed to have entered unless they otherwise notify Bowls England before the completion of the previous year’s competition. 3. Any team withdrawing from the Johns Trophy after 1st April of that year will be ineligible to participate in the Walker Cup in the following year.

4. The entrants shall be placed in geographical groups, which will remain the same, but the composition of the sections will be determined by a draw made every second year. 5. The competition shall be divided into two stages – the Group Stages and the Final Stages. In the Group Stages each county shall play one match each year against each other County in their section, home and away alternate years or at a neutral venue for both years. Matches will start at 1.30pm unless mutually agreed. At the last round of group games, (excluding dead rubbers), all games must start at 1.30pm. 6. Every County shall be represented by a side consisting of six rinks of four players, all of whom shall be members of an affiliated club to their County Association.

No player shall play for more than one County in any one year.

7. Failure to field 24 players will result in a walkover and 22 points will be awarded to the opposing team. Where a county refused to fulfil the fixture the following penalty will apply; 22 points will be awarded to the non‐defaulting team and the defaulting team will be excluded from entering the Johns Trophy and the Walker Cup the following year. 8. Group Stages 8.1 The match will consist of 21 ends. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for the choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away. Then a further toss of a coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be needed.

The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 21st end has been played. In each match a win for an individual rink shall be awarded two points and a tie one point. The county that wins by total number of shots of all six rinks shall, in addition, be awarded 10 points. In the event of a tie on shots, each county shall be awarded five points each. 8.2 The county gaining the greatest number of points in each section shall be declared the winner of that section. Should two counties be equal in points and also in shot difference then the winner will be ascertained on the result of the match already played between the two counties.

8.3 In the group stages, should a match end as a tie (both shots and points) after 21 ends then an extra end or ends will be played by all six rinks simultaneously until there is a winner. The total number of shots on all six rinks will count on the extra end and the winning team reported to Bowls England. The extra end will not form part of the score within the group stages, but will ONLY be used to separate the two counties if they are level at the conclusion of the group stages after points and shots difference have been taken into account. 8.4 When it is not mathematically possible to win by playing a scheduled tie and subject to this being ratified by Bowls England, such a tie may be cancelled.

The Counties concerned must be in mutual agreement and would each be responsible for the reimbursement of expenses incurred by the venue booked. 9. Result of Match The result will be submitted to Bowls England immediately using one of the approved notification methods. 10. Bowls Stickers Counties will provide bowls stickers for the Group Stages and Quarter‐Finals unless provided by the sponsor.

13 11. Inclement weather See Appendix J 12. Final Stages 12.1 The Quarter‐Finals shall be played on a knockout basis at a time set by Bowls England. These will be played between the winners of the two sections in each geographical group. The two counties concerned will be responsible for arranging an umpire and a neutral venue midway between the two counties. If green fees are payable these will be shared by both counties. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for the choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away.

Then a further toss of a coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be needed. The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 21st end has been played. The winner will be decided on the total number of shots of all rinks. There are no points for individual rink wins. In the event of a tie after 21 ends then an extra end or ends will be played by all six rinks simultaneously until there is a winner. The total number of shots on all six rinks will count on the extra end.

The Semi‐Finals and the Final shall be played on a knockout basis at a time set by Bowls England. The draws for the Semi‐Finals and Final shall be made by Bowls England on greens appointed by them. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away. Then a further toss of a coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be needed. The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 21st end has been played. The winner will be decided on the total number of shots of all rinks.

There are no points for individual rink wins. In the event of a tie after 21 ends then an extra end or ends will be played by all six rinks simultaneously until there is a winner. The total number of shots of all six rinks will count on the extra end. 12.2 Each County qualifying for the Semi‐Final stage will supply to Bowls England the names of six rinks and four reserves no later than the Monday of Week 30. The Semi‐Final and Final shall be played during the National Championships.

12.3 Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for the Semi‐Finals and Final. 12.4 The Winner and Runner‐Up respectively shall receive a maximum of 28 Winners/Runners‐Up medals presented at the Annual Dinner.

14 Bowls England Regulation: No. 54 Approved April 2018 Walker Cup – Inter‐County Top Two Fours Competition (Women) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. This competition shall be open to all County Associations who are Members of Bowls England. 2. All Counties will be assumed to have entered unless they otherwise notify Bowls England before the completion of the previous year’s competition.

3. Every County shall be represented by a side consisting of two rinks of four players, all of whom shall be members of an affiliated club to their County Association. No player shall play for more than one County in any one year.

4. Bowls England shall set dates for all rounds. The draw for the competition including the Regional Final and Semi‐Final shall be made by Bowls England. 5. Failure to field eight players will result in a walk‐over. 6. The preliminary round and first round will be played by mutual arrangement on the designated dates. The competition will be played on a knockout basis, with the early rounds in geographical areas. Each rink of a side shall play 21 ends, two bowls each player. The County Secretary or Challenging side will make all match arrangements. Matches will start at 1.30pm unless mutually agreed.

Arrangements for cost of refreshments and other incidental expenses shall be a domestic matter.

7. The match will consist of 21 ends. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away. Then toss a coin to nominate which rink will play the extra end. The winner to nominate the name of the skip to play the extra end should one be required. This must be declared prior to the match commencing. A further toss of a coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be required. The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 21st end has been played. The number of shots on both rinks will determine the result.

In the event of a tie after 21 ends then an extra end will be played by the nominated rink to determine the overall winner.

8. Inclement weather See Appendix J 9. Counties must inform the Regional Selector of time and venue of preliminary/first round matches. Counties will provide bowls stickers for the preliminary round and first round unless provided by the sponsor. 10. Result of Match The result will be submitted to Bowls England immediately using one of the approved notification methods. 11. Final Stages 11.1 The final stages consisting of the Regional Finals, Semi‐Finals and the Final shall be played on a knockout basis at a time, date and venue set by Bowls England. Bowls England shall make the draw for the Regional Finals, Semi‐Finals and Final.

11.2 Each County qualifying for the Semi‐Final stage will supply to Bowls England the names of two rinks and two reserves no later than the Monday of Week 30. The Semi‐Final and Final shall be played during the National Championships. A maximum of 10 National Competition badges will be presented to players involved at the National Championships. 11.3 Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for the Semi‐Finals and Final of this event. 11.4 The Winner and Runner‐Up respectively shall receive a maximum of 10 Winners medals presented at the Annual Dinner.

15 Bowls England Regulation: No.

55 Approved April 2018 Amy Rose Bowl ‐ 31’s & under Inter‐County Double Rink (Women) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. The competition shall be open to all County Associations who are members of Bowls England. 2. Every County may enter more than one side and shall be represented by a side/sides consisting of two rinks of four players. All players shall be members of clubs affiliated to their County Association and 31 years of age or under by 1st April in the year of the competition. 3. The Competition will be played on a knockout basis during the National Championships.

4. All Counties MUST notify Bowls England by Week 14 of their intention to enter. 5. Failure to field eight players will result in a walkover. 6. A player under the age of 12 years on the 1st April in the year of the competition may be substituted after eight ends have been played.

7. Junior/Cub bowls may be used. 8. The match will consist of 15 ends. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away. Then toss a coin to nominate which rink will play the extra end. The winner to nominate the name of the skip to play the extra end. This must be declared prior to the match commencing. A further toss of a coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be required. The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 15th end has been played.

The total number of shots on both rinks will determine the winner. In the event of a tie after 15 ends then an extra end will be played by the nominated rink to determine the overall winner. 9. Inclement weather See Appendix J 10. Each team reaching the Semi‐Finals will receive 10 National Competition Badges. 11. Each County Secretary must supply to Bowls England the names of two rinks and two reserves no later than the Monday of Week 29.

12. Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for this event. 13. The Winners shall receive a maximum of 10 Winners medals presented after the Final.

16 Bowls England Regulation: No. 56 Approved April 2018 National Senior Singles and Pairs Competition (Women) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. The competition shall be open to all members of clubs affiliated to Bowls England. 2. Each player shall have reached their 55th birthday by 1st April in the year of the competition. 3. The two players in the pairs must be members of an affiliated club within the same County.

4. Players are not required to play from the club/county in which they play their National Championships, but must represent the same club/county in the Senior Singles and Senior Pairs.

5. Singles matches will be 21 shots (four bowls each player). The pairs shall be 21 ends (four bowls each player). In the pairs, in the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. 6. In the event of a substitute being required in the pairs, one and the same player may come from any club, in the same county, providing they have not already played in the same competition, however, one of the original players must play in all rounds. The substitute may play in any position. 7. Final Stages 7.1 The final stages consisting of the 35 County Winners for both the singles and pairs shall be played on a knockout basis at a time set by Bowls England during the National Championships.

The draws for these shall be made by Bowls England.

7.2 Each Team qualifying for the final stage will supply to Bowls England the name of their partner (pairs only) no later than the Monday of Week 30. The players involved at the National Championships will receive a National Competition Badge. 7.3 Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for the final stages of this event. 7.4 The Winners will be presented with a medal and fleece for the singles or two medals and two fleeces for the pairs at the Annual Dinner along with one or two medals respectively for the Runners‐Up.

17 Bowls England Regulation: No.

57 Approved April 2018 National Top Club Competition (Women) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. The competition shall be open to all Clubs affiliated to Bowls England. Clubs may enter more than one side. No player shall play in more than one of those sides entered. The competition will be held on a knockout basis within each County to establish a champion Top Club. 2. Players are required to play from the club in which they play their National Championships. Players entering National Championships in another country are not eligible to participate.

3. Fixed Weekend dates may be set by County Associations for this competition providing they are within the period of round closures designated by Bowls England. 4. A club side shall consist of 10 players. The disciplines are Four‐Wood Singles (21 shots), Four‐Wood Pairs (21 ends), Three‐Wood Triples (18 ends) and Two‐Wood Fours (21 ends). The challenger shall have the choice of green and will make all match arrangements up to the Inter‐County stage. 5. Failure to field 10 players will result in a walk‐over. 6. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for the choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away, and make the draw for rinks for each discipline.

The format for the competition will be as follows:  1pt for every discipline won, total of four points available. In the event of a drawn discipline the point will be shared, i.e. ½ point each. After completion of the four disciplines the winning side will be decided by the highest number of points.

In the case of a tie, the winner will be decided from the total number of shots scored from the four disciplines. Should these be equal as well as the match score, extra ends in the pairs, triples and fours, will be played to determine the result. A further toss of the coin will take place, the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away on the extra ends.  Shots do not count on the extra end – only the result of the three disciplines, ie. 2‐1, 3‐0. All disciplines will be played simultaneously.

7. Between rounds, substitutes/changes are allowed in the side and between disciplines provided the players are members of the same club and have not played for another side during the current competition.

For this competition only, substitution during play is allowed for the singles player in case of illness or injury. The score being resumed after interruption. Substitutes are allowed during play in the Pairs, Triples and Fours of this event in line with the current Laws of the Sport. 8. Inter‐County Stages 8.1 The draw for the Inter‐County rounds will be made by Bowls England and published in the Yearbook. At this stage, the challenging side will arrange a neutral green as equidistant as possible (measured from Club to Club).

18 9. Final Stages 9.1 The final stages will take place on dates and venue specified by Bowls England and consist of the eight qualifying sides (80 players). This will be a knockout basis with the Quarter‐Final on the Saturday and the Semi‐Final and Final on Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon respectively. 9.2 Each Club qualifying for the final stages will supply Bowls England the names of 10 players and two reserves not later than the Monday of Week 36. A maximum of 12 National Competition badges will be presented to players involved at the finals.

9.3 Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for the final stages of this event.

9.4 The Winners will be presented with a maximum of 12 medals, fleeces and a Club Pennant at the Annual Dinner along with 12 medals for the Runners‐Up.

19 Bowls England Regulation: No. 58 Approved April 2018 National Family Pairs Competition This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. The competition shall be open to all playing members of clubs affiliated to Bowls England. 2. A team shall be comprised of two players. Either player may skip. 3. Players need not necessarily be members of the same Club or County. 4. Eligible players should be from one of the following pairings:  Grandmother and granddaughter/grandson  Grandfather and granddaughter/grandson  Mother and daughter/son  Father and daughter/son  Sister and sister/brother  Brother and brother/sister  Step relatives of the above are also eligible to play  Husband/partner and wife are not permitted 5.

Relationship between players must be declared on the entry form. 6. Substitution The two players taking part in the first match constitutes the original team and shall normally play together throughout the competition. At least one of the original pair must play in every round. Substitutes must come from one of the eligible listings and must not have already played or entered the same competition. 7. Each match shall be 21 ends, four bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all the ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a result is reached. 8.

Final Stages 8.1 The Quarter Finals, Semi‐Finals and Final consisting of the last eight teams shall be played on a date set by Bowls England during the National Championships.

8.2 Each team qualifying for the final stages will supply to Bowls England the name of their partner no later than the Monday of Week 31. The players involved will receive a National Competition Badge. 8.3 Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for the final stages of this event. 8.4 The Winners will be presented with two medals and fleeces at the Annual Dinner with two medals for the Runners‐Up.

20 Bowls England Regulation: No. 59 Approved April 2018 National Champion of Champions Singles Competition (Women) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions.

1. The competition shall be open to all clubs affiliated to Bowls England. 2. Players eligible to enter are as follows:  Club Four‐Wood Singles Champion  County Four‐Wood Singles champion  County Junior Four‐Wood Singles Champion  Area Senior Singles Qualifier from the previous year All the above must be nominated by their Club or County. In addition the following have automatic entry from Bowls England:  The previous year’s National Champion of Champions  The previous year’s National Four‐Wood Singles Champion  The previous year’s National Junior Four‐Wood Singles Champion  The previous year’s National Senior Singles Champion In the event of any one person qualifying in more than one of the aforementioned, only one entry will be accepted.

3. Entries shall be made on the official entry form duly signed by the Club or County Secretary, who shall certify that the nominated player is qualified to enter. 4. Each match shall be 21 shots, four bowls each player. 5. Final Stages 5.1 The final stages consisting of the last 16 Competitors shall be played on a knockout basis at a time set by Bowls England during the National Championships. The draws for these shall be made by Bowls England. 5.2 Each player involved in the final stages at the National Championships will receive a National Competition Badge.

5.3 Bowls England will provide bowls stickers for the final stages of this event.

5.4 The Winner will be presented with a medal and a fleece at the Annual Dinner with a medal for the Runner‐ Up.

21 Bowls England Regulation: No. 60 Approved April 2018 Middleton Cup – Inter County Competition (Men) This regulation should be read in conjunction with Regulation 52 – National Competitions. 1. This competition shall be open to all County Associations who are Members of Bowls England. 2. All Counties will be assumed to have entered unless they otherwise notify Bowls England before the completion of the previous year’s competition. 3. Any team withdrawing from the Middleton Cup after 1st April of that year will be ineligible to participate in the Balcomb Trophy in the following year.

The entrants shall be placed in geographical groups, which will remain the same, but the composition of the sections will be determined by a draw made every second year. 5. The competition shall be divided into two stages – the Group Stages and the Final Stages. In the Group Stages each county shall play one match each year against each other County in their section, home and away alternate years or at a neutral venue for both years. Matches to start at 2pm unless mutually agreed. At the last round of group games, (excluding dead rubbers), all games must start at 2pm. 6. Every County shall be represented by a side consisting of six rinks of four players, all of whom shall be members of an affiliated club to their County Association.

No player shall play for more than one County in any one year.

7. Failure to field 24 players will result in a walkover. 22 points will be awarded to the opposing team. Where a county refuses to fulfil the fixture the following penalty will apply; 22 points will be awarded to the non‐ defaulting team and the defaulting team will be excluded from entering the Middleton Cup and the Balcomb Trophy the following year. 8. Group Stages 8.1 The match will consist of 21 ends. Before the start of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for the choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away. Then a further toss of a coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be needed.

The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 21st end has been played. In each match a win for an individual rink shall be awarded two points and a tie one point. The county that wins by total number of shots of all six rinks shall, in addition, be awarded 10 points. In the event of a tie on shots, each county shall be awarded five points each. 8.2 The county gaining the greatest number of points in each section shall be declared the winner of that section. Should two counties be equal in points and also in shot difference then the winner will be ascertained on the result of the match already played between the two counties.

8.3 In the group stages, should a match end as a tie (both shots and points) after 21 ends then an extra end or ends will be played by all six rinks simultaneously until there is a winner. The total number of shots on all six rinks will count on the extra end and the winning team reported to Bowls England. The extra end will not form part of the score within the group stages, but will ONLY be used to separate the two counties if they are level at the conclusion of the group stages after points and shots have been taken into account. 8.4 When it is not mathematically possible to win by playing a scheduled tie and subject to this being ratified by Bowls England, such a tie may be cancelled.

The Counties concerned must be in mutual agreement and would each be responsible for the reimbursement of expenses incurred by the venue. 9. Result of Match The result will be submitted to Bowls England immediately using one of the approved notification methods. 10. Counties will provide bowls stickers for the Group Stages and Quarter‐Finals unless provided by the sponsor.

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